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Independent Living Advisor (ILA) @ CPWD Boulder

  • 2 Oct 2023 10:34 AM
    Message # 13261890

    People with disabilities of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!
    JOB TITLE:  Independent Living Advisor (ILA)
    PRIMARY OFFICE:  Boulder
    FLSA/EMPLOYEE STATUS:  Full-Time (32 hrs./wk.; 4 days/wk.); Non-exempt
    $24-$27/hr. and benefits include
    medical, dental, vision, life and accident insurance; Employee Assistance Program (EAP); 401(k); vacation time, sick time, and plentiful paid holidays (including Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day and Juneteenth!).

    We're extremely caring, supportive, down-to-earth, and passionate about what we do.  We are continually looking for more ways to improve the employee experience, including providing a 4-day workweek!  Also, we're very flexible and accommodating, and we provide generous time off for a true work/life balance.  If you want to do work that makes a difference, check out our post below!


    Center for People With Disabilities (CPWD) is looking for an Independent Living Advisor. This is a dynamic and rewarding role where you get to work with people with different types of disabilities, different life circumstances, and different independent living needs.  Who we’re hoping to find is someone living with a disability who is also familiar with Independent Living Philosophy.  Don’t worry, we can teach you, but you need to be passionate about assisting people with disabilities at achieving independent living.  This position works best with someone who has a personable way of relating to people where they are at – everyone comes with a story, an obstacle, and a need.  Having the ability to listen and understand, and then assist individuals at setting goals is key.  This is not a routine, fill-out-a-form, position; you must love working with people for who they are.  Because the work is dynamic and person-centered, you’ll also need time-management and activity tracking skills so you can keep track of consumers, goals, your time, follow-ups, and forward planning.  And finally, we are looking for someone who likes to have fun with others – we want you to come up with creative ideas for peer groups, outings, and other social time that will be fun, educational and inspiring.

    If this sounds like something you would like to do: assist people on an individual basis to set and achieve independent living goals and be part of a great team; if you’re patient and a good listener and also a good self-manager; and you care about independent living, this position would be a great fit for you.

    The Independent Living Advisor (ILA) works directly with people living with disabilities within our six county service region.  Responsibilities include speaking with current and potential participating consumers to gather information and to create an Independent Living Plan by identifying areas of need.  Based on this plan, the ILA will then help the consumer identify necessary resources through assisting in the completion of paperwork, applying for benefits, and pursuing avenues of self-advocacy.  Duties may also include teaching Independent Living skills and providing peer support, in one-on-one and small group settings.  The individual in this position will serve as a role model and mentor for people with disabilities within the community, and maintain positive and effective relationships with CPWD staff and partner agencies.

    CPWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
    We are dedicated to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fostering a culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion while actively challenging and dismantling systemic racism and oppression.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate to perform the essential functions of the job.

    Please submit an updated résumé and customized cover letter to explaining why you are a strong candidate for this position.  See the full post on our website (or attached), where you can read more about us and what we do. 

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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